This blog is about the 10 ways to survive in the age of corona, an unprecedented time in our history. In the age of Instagram, we’ve all gotten accustomed to trying to “always be living our best life.” Let’s all agree to put that on pause for a moment, not forever, but for the next few weeks or so why don’t we all just try and live our “most ok life”? None of us have been in this situation before, so lets all cut ourselves some slack. Now is not the time to spend 30 minutes on your #Blessed Pic by the pool. If you are looking for ways to get out of this Corona situation like a some sort of world champion who has become a better version of themselves then they even thought possible, this is probably not the post for you. If you are looking for someone to tell you that after trying to work from home all day you should stay up till 2AM learning common core so your 4th graders education doesn’t fall behind, I am sorry to tell you again I am not that person. What I am here to do is share some tips on how to make it through this, while (hopefully) keeping a slight amount of sanity.
1.Lower The F**ken Bar
Now lower it a little more. Keep going. Good. This is the new standard. Didn’t put on pants and leave the house today? Great job! You may have just saved someones life! Don’t you feel better about yourself? I know I do! A few weeks ago, I would spend hours on Sunday prepping meals, making sure each meal had a balance of healthy fats, proteins and the right kind of carbs. Last night I had lucky charms and beer for dinner. Is it a properly balanced meal? Probably not. Was it A meal. Yes (*Pats oneself on the back) See how this works? Simple right? We all survived another day.
2. Set a Schedule
Try and find some sense of normalcy in this chaos. One of the best ways to do this is to plan ahead and know what you are trying to do. This does not mean you need to stick to it, like it’s written in stone. But it is a hell of a lot easier then waking up every morning and thinking “What the fuck am I going to do with 18 hours in an apartment, while my partner tries to work from home?” Even if it ends up looking like the schedule below, at least you gave it your best shot.
3. Self Care, Self Care, Self Care
This can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. For some it might be a relaxing bath, for others it might mean cutting out a 1/2 hour in the day to make sure they get their exercise in, or meditate. Whatever makes you feel whole, do that and then do it again, and again and again. If you normally schedule one to two hours a week of self-care, according to my calculations you should be at about 3-4 hours a day. That might seem excessive, but in all seriousness making sure you feel mentally sane is paramount in all of this!
4. Virtual Happy Hours
Number 4 is crucial on the 10 ways to survive list! A few weeks ago, most of us had never heard the term “social distancing” before, yet now we live by it. Same for “virtual happy hour,” you might not know it now, but soon it will be your life! Schedule a time with a friend, or 4 and grab a drink catch up the same way you would as if you guys were at a bar. The only difference is you are actually talking to a screen and don’t need to wear pants! Drinking alone together! What’s better than that? If you have two or more people Zoom, or Google Hangouts are great sites to get together virtually, in groups of 3 or more.. Not sure what to drink during your happy hour? Try this Quarantini from The Novice Chef.
5. Check in on loved ones
We are all worried about people that we love who are a higher risk than most. Call them and tell them you love them, everyday! Letting them know they are not in this alone, will also give you some peace. However, it’s not just people who are physically at risk we need to check in on. Have a friend who suffers from anxiety/depression, check in on them too. A friend who doens’t handle change very well? Let them know something that hasn’t changed… you being there. A simple text can go a long way, and even better than a text …. VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR! I told you that happy hour was critical in the 10 ways to survive.
6. Move Around
Put #Summerbod2020 on hold for a few weeks, and just focus on GETTING OFF THE COUCH! Granted when you thought you’d be seeing humans again, having to fit into pants and running that 10K you singed up this should not have been considered a goal. But guess what it’s a whole new world out there, so for now let’s all agree that’s the new standard. All we gotta do is to just try to GET OFF THE COUCH, even for a 30 minutes a day! Remember this is not about 10 ways to be the best you, this is 10 ways to SURVIVE! Going for a walk, doing modified workouts at home, or even cleaning out the closet, make sure when you plan your schedule the day before you carve out some time to keep your body moving!
7. Be Grateful
Things might be tough, really tough. For some worse than others, but no matter what your situation is there are things to be grateful for. Gratitude and anxiety cannot co exists, so when we remember what we are grateful we keep the anxiety at bay. There is always something to be thankful for! For example we can all be grateful this pandemic didn’t happen before streaming was a thing! You thought Costco was hell, imagine those lines at Blockbuster!!! Also all those movies that were in theaters you wanted to see? Well now they are all live and ready to go Amazon prime for a fraction of the cost 🙂
8. Take a Break From the News
Make sure you stay up to date, but do not listen to the news 24/7 or you will absolutely lose your sanity. Besides if something serious or major is happening, we will all likely get several group texts about said impending doom. It’s ok to take a bath and not bring Bill De Blasio & Cuomo in the tub with you 🙂
9. Give the People Around You A Pass
We are all in positions we’ve never been in, dealing with things we’ve never dealt with, not just you! So give the people around you some space to deal with their own anxieties in their own way. My fiance usually works 12 hour days, now he’s working that same amount of time, just doing it right on top of me. If we got mad at each other over the little things we normally do, I don’t think we’d make it. Before you lose your cool, just remember this person you about to blow up on is most likely your only human contact for the unforseeable future. Maybe you should just put the laundry into the hamper, put the toys away yourself, or do your roommates dishes in the sink, just for the next few weeks. It’s not like you have anything else to do 🙂
10. Be Kind
Everyone is feeling isolated and alone, be kind to those around you. It will make the journey easier for all of us! There are people putting themselves on the front line, to make sure that you can stay safe at home. Thank your cashier at the grocery store, tip well for your delivery drivers, and reach out to your friends in Healthcare and let them you how much you love and appreciate them!
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